Batman 66 – that Boner story, and Robin becomes Batman II

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A really good Joker cover, even though it has nothing to do with the Finger, Schwartz and Paris story in Batman 66 (Aug/Sept 51).

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Panels from this story have circulated on the internet for years.  The Joker decides to pull crimes that will make Batman look foolish, but calls these boners.  And that word just keeps getting used over and over and over in the story.

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It makes the entire story side-splittingly funny, although not at all in the way they intended.

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And though Robin hopes that “we have seen the last of things like boners,” this story has proved immortal in ways that no other Batman story can.

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Robin dreams of a future where he becomes Batman in a story by Finger, Schwartz and Paris.

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Robin dreams of far away 1975, when he has married and fathered a child by some blond woman.  Batman has been appointed the police commissioner of the entire world, and so Dick Grayson has taken his place as Batman II.

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Oddly, he still keeps his Robin symbol on his chest.  So one ought to call him Robinman.  His son has grown up a bit, and takes on his former identity as Robin.

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The story they wind up is very science-fiction, with space pirates and such.

Though Dick Grayson never dreams a sequel, a few years down the road Alfred will begin writing similar tales of Dick Grayson as Batman II.  And I suspect this story is also the genesis of Bruce Wayne becoming the Police Commissioner of Gotham City, which happened just after 1975, in the All-Star Comics revival.

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